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Trump's Accusers: No Facts Required

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 22:35
The roll out of women accusers against Donald Trump continues. 2016-10-26T00:01:00-04:00 2016-10-27T03:35:04Z Betsy McCaughey

Clinton's Constitutional Contempt

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 22:35
2016-10-26T00:01:00-04:00 2016-10-27T03:35:04Z Jacob Sullum

Chaffetz says he'll vote for Trump after withdrawing endorsement over lewd remarks

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 20:25
A top Republican congressman confirmed Wednesday night that he would vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump after previously withdrawing his endorsement over crude remarks the real estate mogul made about women.

Sources: Clinton emails would have been 'whitelisted' for Obama BlackBerry

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 19:02
President Obama’s high-security BlackBerry used a special process known as “whitelisting” that only allowed it to take calls and messages from pre-approved contacts, two former senior intelligence officials with knowledge of the set-up told Fox News – pointing to the detail as further proof the White House knew Hillary Clinton’s private account was used for government business.

Little League game was stopped so NYC mayor's helicopter could land on field

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 17:57
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shut down a Little League baseball game in a Harlem park for more than an hour in August so police could ready a field for his helicopter, The Post has learned.

Shameless Obamacare shyster Jonathan Gruber is back and he still thinks everybody’s stupid

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 17:18

**Written by Doug Powers

Probably the funniest part of the video below is CNN’s Carol Costello asking scam artist-for-hire Jonathan Gruber how to go about “fixing” a disaster of his own creation. Naturally, Gruber disagreed that anything needs “fixing,” but he did recommend one tweak because apparently not enough Americans have been separated from their money yet:

“The law’s working as designed” — in other words, it was supposed to collapse? Well, at least he’s more honest than the rest. And I’m sure that people who aren’t buying policies because they can’t afford the premiums and/or deductibles would really be able to afford a higher “mandate penalty” (remember that thing that John Roberts ruled was a “tax” in order to save the law?).

All the while, the Dems, after having made it illegal to NOT have health insurance (that many can’t even afford to use), are pretending the result of people obeying the mandate is proof that the “product” is very popular:


That number of course includes people who lost coverage because of the Affordable Care Act who had to go buy different plans — several times in many cases.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Fox News Poll: Clinton leads Trump by three points

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 17:00
With less than two weeks to go, the race for the White House has narrowed as Hillary Clinton now has a three-point advantage over Donald Trump.

A Media Cover-Up of Grand Proportions

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:35
Two Democratic Party campaign operatives lost their jobs on Oct. 18 after being caught red-handed on video describing how to incite violence at Donald Trump rallies and how to commit massive voter fraud. 2016-10-26T00:01:00-04:00 2016-10-26T19:35:05Z Robert Knight

The ransom effect? Iran handing down harsh sentences for Iranian-Americans after swap

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:10
Republican lawmakers say the Obama administration's controversial “ransom” paid to Iran earlier this year is fueling a new wave of harsh sentences being handed down in the country to Iranian-Americans.

Hillary: Bubble-wrapped candidate

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:04
What WikiLeaks is revealing: Clinton world still in bubble wrap.

Texas voters claim machines switching their votes

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:57
A rash of reports are emerging on social media from Texas residents who claim machines have switched their votes from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton – though local officials are pushing back and saying many of these incidents are due to human error.

The Ruling Class

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:35
2016-10-26T00:01:00-04:00 2016-10-26T16:35:05Z John Stossel

President Obama Remains in Denial about ObamaCare's Implosion

Cato Recent Op Eds - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:19

Josh Blackman

In his ObamaCare valedictory last week, President Obama championed the law’s successes: twenty million Americans have free or subsidized insurance; sick people cannot be denied coverage; thrifty policies with spending limits are gone. His timing was impeccable, as three days later the government announced that premiums increased nationwide by an average of 25% as insurers flee the exchanges. Yet, President Obama remains in denial about the root cause of this calamity. He insists that the “problems that may have arisen from the Affordable Care Act [are] not because government is too involved in the process.” Instead, he continues to blame rising premiums, shrinking networks, and reduced choice on everything else, except the Affordable Care Act itself.

In a brief moment of candor, former President Clinton called the ACA’s collapse “the craziest thing in the world,” and lamented that people who liked their insurance have found their “premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.” President Obama maintains a different explanation. “Insurers just set their prices too low at the outset,” he said, and when “they started losing money … now they’ve decided to significantly increase premiums.” This explanation sounds intuitive, but is extremely misleading.

Over the past three years, insurers have set their prices based on erroneous government forecasts that nearly twice as many people would enroll on the exchanges. In reality, the risk pools are dominated by older and sicker customers, with a severe shortage of younger and healthier customers. To the extent that insurers underpriced policies, the government shares the blame for overhyping the popularity of ObamaCare. Additionally, insurers were required to submit their proposals to the government for approval. Rates that were deemed too high were rejected. Here too, the government shares the blame. Unsurprisingly, a number of insurers have decided to exit the marketplace, rather than plead with the government for higher rates to sell unprofitable polices.

The President is still in denial that his signature law is unraveling our health care marketplace.

ACA defenders boast that these premium increases are largely irrelevant, because 85% of consumers on the exchanges receive subsidies to defray the costs. But this statistic paints an incomplete picture. A family of four that makes more than $100,000 a year is deemed too wealthy, and receives no subsidies. This family will likely be unable to afford any policy on the ACA exchanges, so instead will buy a policy off the exchange. By one estimate, nearly half of the consumers on the individual market receive zero subsidies. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton was correct in calling the Affordable Care Act “no longer affordable” for an increasingly large share of Americans.

President Obama also shirked any responsibility for those who lost the doctors they liked because their “networks have changed.” The networks of covered doctors, he insisted, are “not determined by the Affordable Care Act,” but by the insurers. This explanation is disingenuous. One of the pillars of the ACA is to push consumers into plans with smaller networks to control costs. People cannot keep the doctor they like if it is not cost effective—contrary to the President’s oft-repeated promise. Shrinking networks and consolidating care is a feature, not a bug of ObamaCare.

President Obama also dismissed the cause of spiraling copayments. “It’s not because of ObamaCare,” he claimed. Rather, “these are decisions that are made by your employers.” This response obfuscates the reality of health care economics. The ACA’s onerous and costly mandates have made health insurance more expensive. To avoid sticker shock, insurers have masked premium increased with ballooning copayments—customers now need to pay more out of pocket before receiving any benefits under ObamaCare. All of these changes were entirely foreseeable consequences of a law designed to control costs and ration care. Critically, shrinking networks and increasing copayments are not offset by subsidies.

As President Obama continues to dictate what his legacy should be, he remains in a state of surreality: he proudly takes credit for all of the people helped by the Affordable Care Act, but steadfastly blames everyone else when things go wrong. “If your premium is going up, it’s not because of ObamaCare,” he said. “It’s because of your employer or your insurer … It’s not because of any policy of the Affordable Care Act that the rates are going up.” The President is still in denial that his signature law is unraveling our health care marketplace. The fault, dear Barack, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

Josh Blackman s a constitutional law professor at the Houston College of Law, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and the author of Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power.

Hillary's Climate of Hate

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:35
Who are the haters? Who are the autocrats? Who are the serial abusers of power? 2016-10-26T00:01:00-04:00 2016-10-26T15:35:05Z Michelle Malkin

Get Ready to Break Wind

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:35
2016-10-26T00:01:00-04:00 2016-10-26T15:35:05Z Marita Noon

Fiery Kelly-Gingrich interview lights up social media

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:22
A contentious interview between Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich burned up the Internet Wednesday morning.

US abstains in UN vote on Cuba embargo for the first time

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:07
The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years Wednesday on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed.

'Bill Clinton Inc.': Email details how top aides helped make ex-president rich

Fox News (Politics) - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 09:54
One of Bill Clinton’s closest confidants outlined in a lengthy 2011 memo how he and another aide helped secure at least $50 million in speaking fees and other ventures for the former president – in addition to raising “the bulk” of funds for the controversial Clinton Foundation.

Why America Should Recall the Vietnam War When Choosing its Next President

TownHall Latest columns - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 09:35
2016-10-26T00:01:00-04:00 2016-10-26T14:35:05Z Rachel Marsden


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